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With offices in Nijmegen and Arnhem and more than 260 staff members, Dirkzwager advocaten & notarissen has specialist legal knowledge in almost every area of the law. Besides up to date knowledge of legislation and case law, it also demonstrates good judgement of character and knowledge of the markets in which our clients operate. We use our knowledge to serve our clients. We also share that knowledge, a feature that distinguishes us and benefits our clients. Clients who are supported by a lawyer with the latest professional knowledge are in a stronger position and need have no concerns. By actively sharing its knowledge, keeping you constantly updated during your case and providing clear explanations, Dirkzwager helps you become wiser. Which means that in future you can identify similar problems sooner and be better prepared, even in the temporary absence of your lawyer. After all, it’s always easier to talk about things you understand.
To what extent are companies allowed to imitate products? A new general ruling from the Dutch Supreme Court

To what extent are companies allowed to imitate products? A new general ruling from the Dutch Supreme Court

In the Netherlands, all products and their packaging, in some circumstances, are in principle protected against ‘slavish’ imitation. Now, the Dutch Supreme Court has explained – in a case involving jewellery – which conditions the claimant must meet if he wants claim this type of protection successfully. Criteria for slavish ... Read More »

Compensation for providing a service of public interest does not lead to state aid problems

Compensation for providing a service of public interest does not lead to state aid problems

A subsidy scheme launched by the minister for Health, Welfare and Sport for carrying out non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPTs) came into effect on 1 April 2017. Under this subsidy scheme, most of the expenses incurred for NIPTs for pregnant women will be compensated, provided these tests are taken at a ... Read More »

The ladder for sustainable urbanisation: a step lower as regards the “new urban development” element

The ladder for sustainable urbanisation: a step lower as regards the “new urban development” element

In a previous contribution I referred to a decision dated 15 March 2017 (ECLI:NL:RVS:2017:694) in correlation with a decision dated 20 April 2016 (ECLI:NL:RVS:2016:1075). In these two decisions, the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State (ABRvS) held that, when assessing whether new urban development is involved, account must be ... Read More »

Hefty fine for infringing housing regulations

Hefty fine for infringing housing regulations

Last year, the Municipality of Amsterdam tightened up the regulations for renting residential accommodation via websites like Airbnb. For instance, under the tighter policy, residential accommodation may only be rented by the main occupant, for not more than 60 days per calendar year and to a maximum of four people. ... Read More »

Following long debates: the government enacts the law promoting transparency in remuneration structures

Following long debates: the government enacts the law promoting transparency in remuneration structures

Following the introduction of the statutory minimum wage (01/01/2015), the additional parental benefits (01/01/2015) and the gender balance for management positions (01/01/2016), which also serve to reduce the differences in remuneration between women and men, it is now the intention that an act promoting transparency in remuneration structures (EntgTranspG) will ... Read More »

Combination of minor exemptions [kruimelgevallen] in planning matters is possible

Combination of minor exemptions [kruimelgevallen] in planning matters is possible

It is commonplace for a proposed project to be contrary to the applicable zoning plan or applicable management by-laws. In these cases, there are three options to depart from this zoning plan or these by-laws with an integrated environmental permit. One of these options is the so-called minor exemptions scheme ... Read More »

Combination of minor exemptions list elements [kruimelgevallenlijst] in support of office space

Combination of minor exemptions list elements [kruimelgevallenlijst] in support of office space

Some time has now passed since the minor exemptions list was expanded on 1 November 2014 by means of the Crisis and Recovery Act Decree [Besluit Crisis- en herstelwet] (Bulletin of Acts and Decrees 2014, 333). In a ruling of 22 March 2017 (ECLI:NL:RVS:2017:744), the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the ... Read More »

A great deal of value is attached to the Inspection Report drawn up by inspectors, but evidence to the contrary is possible!

A great deal of value is attached to the Inspection Report drawn up by inspectors, but evidence to the contrary is possible!

The decision of the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (Cbb) dated 28 February 2017 discussed the evidential value of an inspection report. It is generally assumed that an inspection report drawn up by an inspector of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) is correct. However, evidence to ... Read More »

The Dutch Supreme Court on the commencement of the short prescription period: awareness of the possible role of the party responsible for the damage is not (always) sufficient certainty pursuant to Article 3:310 paragraph 1 of the Dutch Civil Code

The Dutch Supreme Court on the commencement of the short prescription period: awareness of the possible role of the party responsible for the damage is not (always) sufficient certainty pursuant to Article 3:310 paragraph 1 of the Dutch Civil Code

The Supreme Court rendered an opinion in its ruling dated 31 March 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:552) concerning the moment the short prescription period provided for in Article 3:310 paragraph 1 of the Dutch Civil Code commences. The Supreme Court ruled in particular on the question when an injured party may be considered ... Read More »

Which court has jurisdiction in case of termination of an orally agreed distributor agreement?

Which court has jurisdiction in case of termination of an orally agreed distributor agreement?

A French party has been distributing Italian foodstuffs in France for an Italian supplier for more than 25 years. The parties never documented their agreements in a (written) distributor agreement, nor did they ever agree on exclusivity (agreement that the distributor may exclusively sell the supplier’s products in a specific ... Read More »

Ladder for sustainable urbanisation: relativity, offices, events and correction to 8:69a Awb

Ladder for sustainable urbanisation: relativity, offices, events and correction to 8:69a Awb

In a judgment dated 15 March 2017 (ECLI:NL:RVS:2017:671), the Division gives an opinion on a zoning plan that provides for five sub-plans zoned for ‘Mixed use’. The planning regime in force prior to that consisted of a detailed zoning plan that was not realised due to a change in the ... Read More »

New urban development; further developments

New urban development; further developments

In a judgment dated 15 March 2017 (ECLI:NL:RVS:2017:694), the Administrative Law Division of the Council of State gave an interesting decision concerning the sustainable urbanisation ladder and the requirements stipulated for the need for a development. Several building supply stores and the owner of a nearby industrial park argued in ... Read More »

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